USG contractors working in Kuwait MUST abide by the Kuwait Labor Law or face consequences. Just because employees are working at a US military installation does not mean that employers get to bend the rules to suit them.
It is good that the article includes the full name of the lawyer, Musaed J. Al-Riyahi, that is handling the employees' case. He has successfully won cases for Westerners fighting for their rights. More people with similar circumstances can now contact him. Only wish they had published his contact information! I just did a quick Google search and couldn't find him. Why don't these guys at least get on LinkedIn?
The Kuwait Labor Law states that a work week is only 48 hours. Any time over 48 hours is considered overtime. No such thang in Kuwait as "exempt" and "non-exempt" employees. It all the same.
Kuwait Labor Law, Article 64
"…it is forbidden to allow workers to work for more than 48 hours per week or 8 hours a day..."